1 October 2018:
Charlottetown, PEI, Canada:
Queen Charlotte and the Orphan Anne

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Charlottetown is the capital of Canada’s least-populated province, Prince Edward Island. The city is the country’s smallest provincial capital, with a population of about 35,000. (Canada’s three territories: Nunavut, Yukon, and Northwest Territories have smaller populations, but they are not provinces.)

We arrived to a cool and clear morning, autumn in the Maritimes. Here is dime if what we saw in a place where time seems frozen in a simpler age.

CHARLOTTETOWN TODAY

The town was named in honor of Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III from 1744 to 1818.

When you think of Stratford-upon-Avon, you think of a certain poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare. Philadelphia, perhaps Ben Franklin (or Rocky Balboa.)

We are talking apples and oranges …or jellyfish and lobsters here… but in certain circles around the world…in some of the most unlikely places…Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island is not known for Queen Charlotte,

not remembered for the Charlottetown Conference of 1864 that led the way to Canadian Confederation,

and not thought of at all for almost anything else…

except for the work of a relatively minor author named Lucy Maud Montgomery and a series of novels that begin in 1908 with “Anne of Green Gables.”

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Autumn colors on a house near the waterfront of Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Corey Sandler

Anne of Green Gables began as a Canadian bestseller, became an American success, and went on to become an international phenomenon.

For reasons no one has fully figured out, you are quite likely to find a tour group from Japan…looking for Anne. I think it has to do with the fact that Anne is a girl who is for some about as un-Japanese as possible: feisty, independent, and decked with freckles and braided red hair. They love her in Japan, and come to PEI by the planeload.

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A study in angles and colors in Charlotteown. Photo by Corey Sandler

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